Department faculty and students research a number of topics, from robotics to the language analysis of program comments. This research helps faculty keep the undergraduate curricula up to date in a rapidly changing field, and it assists in students in pursuing excellent advanced graduate programs.
The department has a strong tradition of undergraduate involvement in research projects with an excellent record of participation in publications – students have traveled as far as Ireland to present joint faculty/student work, and they helped write the software that cracked the Human Genome. Students primarily work on resarch as either a senior resarch project, or as a summer Hauber researcher. The summer Hauber research students are paid a stipend and may live on campus. In both cases, students work closely with one or two faculty advisors to purseu novel research areas.
Examples of Current research topics:
- Human detection and tracking for robotic workcell safety (Dr. Eastman)
- External calibration of cameras and laser sensors (Dr. Eastman)
- Text analysis and matching for information retrieval (Drs. Binkley and Lawrie)
- Software process analysis (Drs. Binkley and Lawrie)
- Simulation validation (Drs. Olsen and Raunak)
- Modeling and simulation of complex systems (Dr. Olsen)
- Mobile device networks (Dr. Isaacman)
Many published faculty papers are cited on the faculty pages and faculty research pages linked from the department's faculty and staff listing. In addition to research published in journals and conference proceedings, faculty and students occasionally publish Technical Reports on Loyola's website.
In 2014, Dr. Binkley received an NSF grant and a Fulbright Fellowship to study varying aspects of the "Evolution of Software Product Families in Safety Critical Systems" with Dr. Loen Moonen of Simula Research Laboratory in Norway.
In 2009, Professors Dawn Lawrie and David Binkley received a $310k NSF grant on “Making Sense of Source Code: Improving Software through Information Retrieval.” This grant has allowed Drs. Lawrie and Binkley to work with students on the application of information retrieval techniques to the understanding and analysis of very large computer programs. Student research on this topic continues under the summer Hauber research program and senior research projects.